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FOX News Reporting Benghazi White House Cover-up Revealed

Panelists Mara Liasson, Charles Krauthammer, Stephen Hayes and George Will discuss the newly released e-mails in which an adviser advocated a strategy to shield President Obama from blame for the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012.

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Benghazi 39, Susan Rice 10, Libya 9, U.s. 8, Ben Rhodes 5, Cia 4, Gregory Hicks 3, Jay Carney 3, Lovell 3, Bret Baier 2, Steve Hayes 2, Maura Lyson 2, Charles Krauthammer 2, Tommy Vitor 2, Pentagon 2, Philips Sonicare 2, Obama 2, John Boehner 2, Rhodes 2, Gadhafi 2,
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  FOX News    FOX News Reporting Benghazi White House Cover-up Revealed    Panelists Mara Liasson, Charles Krauthammer, Stephen Hayes  
   and George Will discuss the newly released e-mails in which...  

    May 2, 2014
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up to become a member and follow me on twitter or facebook. the kelly file is up next. i'm laura ingram in for bill o'reilly. the spin stops right here because we're always looking out for you. al qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. >> less than a week later, four americans lay dead in benghazi. an attack all the more shocking because it came on 9/11. the administration immediately blamed a youtube video for the murders. >> these protests were in reaction to a video. we have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. >> that assertion was soon challenged by those in a position to know. as a former general who monitored the attack in real
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time, reiterated in testimony just this week. >> this was no demonstration gone terribly awry. >> the president dismissed the controversy as a partisan show. but now the news that there were likely -- to investigate what happened in benghazi suggest a different story. >> it is disturbing and perhaps criminal. >> good evening. i'm bret baier from our washington, d.c. newsroom. tonight, fox news reporting, benghazi. has a white house coverup been revealed? we start with breaking news. a stunning new development. on capitol hill, james rosen with the very latest. james? >> reporter: brett, good evening. john boehner announced his chamber will soon vote to create a special select house commit
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toy to investigate the benghazi attacks. he had long resisted calls for a watergate style committee, but now e-mails show that ben rhodes played a critical early role in shaping a false narrative of the attacks. these revelations compelled the house to take every possible action to ensure the american people have the truth, adding i tend for this committee to have robust authority. the panel will be bipartisan, but like the house, controlled by the gop. brett? >> i guess this means the main stream media will have to cover this story a bit more now. >> that would stand to reason. we're talking about the formation of a dedicated committee with subpoena power. >> thank you, james. that was the bombshell on the hill. just down pennsylvania avenue, the other bombshell, an e-mail emanating from the white house. here's chief intelligence correspondent catherine her
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ridge. >> reporter: the administration's explanations about who knew what and when are beginning to unravel in a very public way. an e-mail sent three days after the attack leads directly to the white house and suggests a senior advise tore president obama played a central role preparing susan rice for the sunday morning talk shows -- >> if this is not a smoking gun proving beyond any doubt that the sory told by the administration was politically motivated, nothing will ever prove that. >> reporter: amoeng more than 100 pages of documents is an e-mail from ben rhodes, an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. with the subject line, prep call with susan, he writes to a dozen members of the administration's inner circle, including key players on the white house communications team, such as jay
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carney, that one of the goals is to underscore that these protests are rooted in internet video and not a broader failure of policy. >> the goal of the white house was to do one thing, which was to make the president look good, blame it on the video and not on the president's policies. >> reporter: the rhodes' e-mail is significant, because it was not part of the 100 pages of e-mails released last may by the administration and it conflicted with the available intelligence, a point reinforced in new congressional testimony. >> was it a video? >> no, sir. >> was it a video that sparked a protest? >> no, sir. >> reporter: when pushed to explain the rhodes' e-mail, the white house claimed it was not about the murder of four americans. >> this was not about benghazi, it was about the overall situation in the region. >> reporter: but the rhodes' e-mail talks about justice for those wh americans and the only americans killed on september 11 were in benghazi. while the administration has
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consistently blamed the cia talking points for the flawed video explanation, the former deputy director recently testified he was surprised when rice made the connection. >> when she talked about the video, my reaction is that's not something that the analysts have attributed this attack to. >> reporter: the white house press corps skepticism came to a head with this exchange with abc news. >> why did it take a court case to release this? >> john, you can keep asking again and again, this document was not about benghazi. >> it was for the sunday shows. >> it wasn't her only prep, john. she relied on -- for her answers on benghazi on the document prepared by the cia, as did members of congress. >> reporter: the frustration on capitol hill has been building for more than a year and a half. where did the video explanation come from? >> this was a hostile action. this was no demonstration gone
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terribly awry. >> reporter: in new congressional testimony, a retired brigadier general, who was monitoring events that night, said an al qaeda group was linked that night. on the night of the attack, mrs. clinton spoke with the president. at 10:07 p.m., clinton sent out a press release before the attack was over, linking the violence to the video. bret baier asked tommy veeter where that information came from. >> september 11, who tells hillary clinton at 10:00 p.m. to put out this statement that says some have sought to justify this vicious behavior, the announcement has already happened about the benghazi attack, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet? at 10:00 p.m. eastern time, this is still going on, this attack. so where does that come from? >> i don't know. >> did you also change attacks
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to demonstrations in the talking points? >> maybe. i don't remember. >> you don't remember? >> dude, this is like two years ago. >> dude? everybody is talking about this. >> we're talking about the process of editing talking points. that's what bureaucrats do. >> reporter: he conceded that the president was not in the situation room on the night of the attack. >> when hillary clinton talks to him on the phone, he's where? >> i don't know. i don't have a tracking device on him. >> but you were in the situation room and he wasn't there? >> yes. >> and the president was not in the situation room? >> not in the room i was in. >> reporter: critics say the e-mail has laid responsibility directly at the white house, and forced the issue. there will now be a select committee to investigate the benghazi scandal. >> let's bring in our panel to discuss the revelations. george will, steve hayes, maura
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lyson, and charles krauthammer. charles, a lot happened this week. >> a lot happened, the case has been reopened. the reason is this memo that came from the white house, and it was a prep memo from a member of the national security staff to susan rice for the famous talking points for her explanations on television that were 100% false. and the question had always been, had this come from lower downs? had this come from cia? what's important here is that it says, and he's telling her what the goal of her appearance is to be, to underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video and not a broader failure of policy. the only explanation of the white house, and this is what carney had been pushing for a week, is that this had nothing to do with benghazi. this had to do with all the other demonstrations. that is a preposterous proposition. the reason susan rice was on the
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show, the reason she got the prepping, the reason she had to be told "our goals" was because of the benghazi deaths. it was not because anybody would have cared about the cairo demonstrations. when he says "the protests" gives the implication is that every protest around the world, but not the benghazi one? of course he was including the benghazi one. there wasn't a protest, there wasn't a demonstration, the video was irrelevant. this was a way to tell her to tell the nation a story about a video that would, in essence, politically exonerate the president six weeks before an election. >> this stirs this all up again. >> stirred it up all again. i think it did give the story a new set of legs and i think each if nothing else comes out between now and 2016, this will be an issue in the 2016 race if hillary clinton runs.
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>> it's interesting. hillary clinton, steve, puts out as secretary of state, shortly after 10:00 p.m., the first statement about benghazi. we've learned about benghazi. now she puts out a statement. we're focused on this e-mail now. but that was the first time the video really came up and tied to benghazi. >> it was, and she later brought it up at the arrival ceremony when the caskets came back. there are still questions about what hillary clinton's involvement was and who actually conceived this video idea, this video narrative the white house pushed so hard. but i think what the ben rhodes' e-mail did is it told us there were in effect two different settles of talking points. one was created at least originated with the intelligence community, with heavy input from obama administration officials, and it was intended to delivery
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to capitol hill. the second which was revealed this week, were created by the white house for susan rice for her appearances on the sunday shows. and the difference between the two is the former, the first set, made virtually no mention of video. the talking points that came didn't mention the video at all, and 100 pages of e-mails that were released in may of 2013 mentioned the video only twice in passing. the second set of talking points that the video was suddenly the central part of the story. >> you did a lot of the early reporting there. do you feel vindicated now? >> i think we certainly have more answers to questions that we were answering back then, but we need more answers to questions. >> george? >> the american peel are not astonished that certainties turned out to be not certainties. we went to war in iraq for ten years. it began over weapons of mass
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destruction and yellow cake uranium and all kinds of things that turned out to be intelligence failures. people don't expect perfection from their government, but they don't want to be actively misled. that is why the length, the durability of the narrative about the videos that will matter. at what point did it just become too implausible for words to keep saying those words? i think that's the next question is what did know and when did they not know? >> we'll have more from the panel in just a second, including why did it take so long to get this e-mail to come out from the white house? and also what the former national security council spokesman has to say now about all this. more on the latest revelations after the break. ♪
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attacks to demonstrations. and he said he didn't remember. even though this is kind of a central point. and then he said dude, it was two years ago. >> well, the dude works hard in changing stuff that officials are supposed to say, and he says, you know, i do a lot of this, that's what a bureaucrat does. how could i remember? well, you would remember if there's been a document that was being argued about for two years and they're accusing republicans that are asked legitimate questions of being entirely politically motivated. so he should be interested and go back and answer. the fact that he says he doesn't remember is rather suspicious. i think what's most interesting is they don't have a -- they've been trying to say the lie told by susan rice, what she said was not true.
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and they've been saying it all came from the cia. we now know that the cia had to alter the talking points under heavy pressure from the white house and from the state department. but also this is the smoking gun. this is the memo that exposes the direct white house intervention. the prep call. she was prepped. there was a call. there was an explanation. and the emphasis entirely is on a protest that did not happen in benghazi on the demonstration that didn't happen in benghazi, that became this attack. and the fact that they pushed this and they had rice say it and when we had gregory hicks, who was number two in libya say in testimony that his jaw dropped when he heard this, that was the first electric moment. this is the second electric moment. >> not only gregory hicks, but the former director of the cia
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says when he understood susan rice, they had nothing to do with the video. >> they're making a major distinction between the set of talking points which the intelligence community provided and heavily edited after input from the white house and state department. but that set of talking points didn't mention the video. it wasn't ant the video and susan rice's story was all about the video in concert with all the other e-mails that we saw in the white house issued talking points. when you look at the new batch of documents, you have this reclassification or classification of documents that were previously up classified. the timeline is fascinating. june of 2013, judicial watch makes a request for these documents. august of 2013, the house subpoenas the documents. in february of 2014, somebody somewhere classifies previously
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unclassified e-mails. and then in april of 2014, as part of this release, we get redacted versions of those e-mails that have been retro actively classified. i would expect you will have house members look into why. >> tommy vitor said to me the president was not in the national -- the situation room that night. when i asked where was he? he said the white house. i guess the question is, people wanted to know where the commander in chief was that night in this breaking situation. at that point, they don't know where the ambassador is. we don't find out he's dead until much later and the battle is still going on. we had never up until that interview heard anybody from the white house say he was not in the situation room. >> that's one question of the
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president acting on information as it was coming in. the second question, did hillary clinton, who at 10:00 releases this statement about a video, did she talk that night with leon panetta? and if so, what did he say? because he sits under a torrent of information coming in from around the world to the u.s. military and the pentagon. so again, it's a question of what did they know? it's not new for government to massage the true. it's not new for them to go as far as they can possibly go with a particular comforting theory, such as the video. what is new, and this would be the real smoking gun, would be for the -- at some point for enough evidence to accumulate that they were saying this when they had to know that it was no longer true. >> we have heard testimony multiple times that the military, the intelligence community, and others on the
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ground in benghazi were putting up through their chains that this was definitively a terrorist attack. the cia station chief said this was not, not an escalation of a protest, to try to emphasize to people, don't go with the protest. >> you forecast george raised the question about durability. how long did it take? within a week, september 11 is the attack. by september 18, he's on the david letterman show saying terrorist exploiting this video, they used it as an excuse. then september 19, national counterterrorism center says this was definitely a terrorist attack. so things started to change within about a week. that's -- so the question is, before that happened, was this a purposeful, you know, effort to lie? >> the problem is -- >> the question you asked, we don't have the answer to that yet. and the other thing -- >> the problem is, we're going see a timeline piece in just a minute, but the president references the video in the united nations speech on september 25 --
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>> he went back to -- >> he talks about it again in a couple of interviews. tough pars you have all these people on the ground say thing was an organized military strike on a facility, and yet 14 days later it's not getting through. >> you would expect if the white house -- none of this information made it to the white house, then we have the state department e-mail from beth jones talking about the al qaeda group, we have a cia memo -- >> that from the state department says the libyans thought this was former gadhafi people, and the state department says no, it's the al qaeda link extremists. >> where did she get that information? one assumes from the cia station chief who had written a memo, greg hicks. there had been a individual year teleconference. there's a new dia document that was published just before ben
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rhodes sent his e-mail september 14 laying out who was to blame. the white house had to have this information. >> the tough part about this story is getting it all in context. trying to go back to that time and make sure you understand it all. sometimes that takes time. when we return, we'll take you when we return, we'll take you back to those huh, 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. everybody knows that. well, did you know that game show hosts should only host game shows? samantha, do you take kevin as your lawfully wedded husband... or would you rather have a new caaaaaar!!!! say hello to the season's hottest convertible... ohhh....and say goodbye to samantha. [ male announcer ] geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more. ♪ why do results matter so much? it's probably because they are the measurement of everything we do. for a wireless company,
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dead. >> september 6, 2012, soon to be secretary of state john kerry and president obama speak at the 2012 democratic national convention. but less than a week after these boasts on the anniversary of 9/11, disaster struck in libya. at 5:00 p.m. eastern time comes the first wire reports of a raid on the u.s. mission in benghazi. the attacks would last some seven hours, and before it was done, they would claim the lives of four americans, including ambassador chris stephens. 8:00 p.m., deputy chief of station gregory hicks in tripoli talks by telephone to secretary of state hillary clinton. he tells her that the american facility in benghazi is under attack. that night, he told another state department official that those attacks were conducted by the local al qaeda franchise,
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which might have captured the u.s. ambassador. 10:00 p.m., after talking with hicks, clinton updates president obama. >> i spoke with president obama later in the evening to, you know, bring him up to date, to hear his perspective. >> shortly afterwards, clinton puts out a statement on the benghazi attack, which includes the following, "some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet. the united states deplores any effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others." september 12, the rose garden. while the president does refer in a general way to acts of terror, he seems to be embracing the belief that the four americans were killed in a spontaneous riot over an anti-muslim video. >> since our founding, the
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united states has been a nation that respects all faiths. we reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. >> that afternoon, the president leaves for a campaign trip and fund-raiser in las vegas. the death of an american ambassador as the arab spring threatens to turn into an autumn of discontent, all right in the middle of a presidential campaign. september 13, secretary of state clinton again suggests the attack was a spontaneous demonstration. >> there is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence. >> white house press secretary jay carney says so, flat out, the next day. >> these protests were in reaction to a video. we have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. >> and later that day, when the president and secretary of state greet the deceased at joint base
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andrews, clinton again talks about the video. >> we have seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. >> charles woods, the father of one of the dead, says clinton turned to him and made a promise. >> she mentioned that thing about, we're going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video. >> meanwhile, ben rhodes composes an e-mail, the subject -- prep call with susan. it's sent to, among others, senior political advisers david pluff and jay carney. secretary of state clinton decided not to appear on the talk shows and this is the white house strategy for her replacement, susan rice. one stated goal in the e-mails
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is to "underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video and not a broader failure of policy." another, "to reinforce the president and administration's strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges." to worldwide media attention, california authorities haul in the man who produced the now infamous youtube video for questioning. september 16, susan rice goes on five sunday talk shows, repeating the same story each time. >> what happened initially, it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo, as a consequence of the video. >> on the same day, the president of libya's general national congress appears on "face the nation" and says the benghazi attacks were anything but spontaneous. >> it was planned, definitely it was planned by foreigners.
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>> september 17. >> an intelligence source on the ground in libya tells fox there's no protests and the attacks were not spontaneous, adding the attack was planned and had nothing to do with the movie. >> september 18, the president appears on the david letterman show, and his story is starting to shift. president obama says the video did spark muslim outrage, by terrorists then exploited to attack and kill ambassador stevens. >> you had a video that was released in much of the muslim world. but what also happened is extremists and terrorists used this as an excuse to attack a variety of our ambassadors, including the consulate in libya. september 19, capitol hill.
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the head of the national counterterrorism center testifies before congress and plainly states what many now suspect. >> i would say yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy. >> september 20. september 21. >> what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. >> september 27, he's arrested for probation violations. the court determines he's a danger to society and a flight risk. october 16, benghazi comes up in the second presidential debate. >> it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in benghazi a terrorist attack. >> he did indeed, sir. >> can you say that a little
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rescue those who were left behind. this american special operator, a member of a tier one unit trained to respond to this kind of crisis, speaks for the frustration felt across the special operations community that night. since he's still engaged in classified missions, he asked we shield his denty. >> it's horrible. when you're on the ground, you depend on each other. when you look up and nothing outside of the stratosphere is coming to help rescue you, that's a bad feeling. huge breakdown between state and military. the state department and defense department need to get on the same sheet of music. >> reporter: but hours of testimony paint a different picture. >> there was not enough time given the speed of the attack forearmed military assets to respond. the department of defense and the rest of the united states government spared no effort to
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do everything we could to try to save american lives. >> reporter: that statement differed from what panetta said on october 25 at a pentagon press briefing. a pronouncement that angered many in the special operations community, including some of the ground that night. >> we were prepared to respond to any contingency, and certainly had forces in place to do that. but basic principle is that you don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on, without having some real time information about what's taking place. >> reporter: 16 months later, after multiple hearings with military commanders, republicans on the house armed services committee say the lesson of benghazi is of a military that actually could have responded because of "a severely degraded location and readiness posture
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of u.s. forces." >> they did what they could with what they had. the bottom line here is they didn't have what they needed to respond. >> reporter: republicans also concluded that "military commanders did not take all possible steps to prepare for a more extended operation." according to the armed services committee report, no aircraft attack were placed on high alert on september 11. fighter jets were unarmed and air refuelers were in great britain. he blames it all on a leadership vacuum that night. >> i think you're going to find that a lot of levers that the president had were not pulled. why did it take almost 4 1/2 hours to start the clock to prepare to deploy? it is the american way that when we have a man down, you send people in. we had people being killed, we had an ambassador that was missing. we didn't know when that attack
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was going to end, and the american military did not respond. >> reporter: chafeits put those questions and more to now retired air force brigadier general robert lovell. he was in the u.s. military operations center in stuttgart monitoring the attack in benghazi in real time. >> it was desperation to be able to -- >> it was what? >> desperation there to gain situational awareness and to be able to do something to save people's lives. >> did they actually do it? we had dead people, we had wounded people, and our military didn't try to engage in that fight. would you disagree with that? >> four individuals died. sir, we obviously did not respond in time to get there. >> could we have? >> we may have been able to, but we'll never know. >> reporter: in his testimony, he echoes a contention made by
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republicans that part of why our mission in benghazi was so vulnerable was because of administration policy, a premature push to normalize relations with the libyans. >> basically, there's a lot of looking to the state department for what it was that they wanted. >> reporter: that push for normalization may have spread beyond the borders with libya, leading to a military force woefully unready to deal with a terrorist attack that would turn into a pitched battle for survival. in his testimony, the general sounded a theme often heard from military personnel when reflecting on benghazi, a view perhaps more from the heart than from a clear-eyed operational assessment. >> there are accounts of time, space and capability, discussions of the question would we have gotten there in time to make a difference? the point is, we should have tried. >> when we come back, the panel and i will discuss what we now
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welcome back. it's been quite a week. so where does this go next? let's bring back our panel.
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george will, steve hayes, maura lyson, and charles krauthammer. george, you heard the brigadier general testify on the hill. your thoughts on that testimony and where that may take this whole thing? testimony, obviously painfully sincere. but it's going to take him and whole thing?in >> well, it was very effecting testimony, obviously painfully sincere. but it's going to take him and the military into an intermural argument because he was saying y in effect that the military did not do all that it could have done, and indeed, this goes to the basic military ethic that you don't leave people on the battlefield. als and he essentially said they did.state and that's -- he had to know the dynamite he was handing out. >> he also said, steve, the state department was essentiallt in control and that they didn't try to go after them.ck was g they didn't know how long this attack was going to go, but they didn't try. now, the arb, the accountabilit, review board, the report by
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admiral mullen and pickering mi said the military was not pr prepared in position to be ableo to respond in time. t but your thoughts on lovell and how that affects this. >> well, the arb didn't talk too general lovell. the arb didn't talk to many of the people who were involved in this decision.nv ry >> hillary clinton? and >> including hillary clinton and others. so i don't see the arb as anything near definitive on these matters. i think what we heard from general lovell as george says hs was terribly affecting. he was voluntary witness. this is somebody who wanted to come and sort of unburden thnd. himself, because he was there on the ground.nce he was the deputy intelligence director. his job was to have knowledge. he dismissed right away the ut claims that this was about a video or that this had e originated in some protests. that evening he dismissed thosee claims. and i think the most troubling thing he said is when he was pl asked about whether it would tti have made a difference if the h united states military had long rushed to the aid of the people
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who were under attack in ow. benghazi, and after a long pause he said we don't know. that's a terrible thing for a so senior military officer, somebody who has been in for 33t years to have to say about his country. >> mara? >> yes, although he is also pressed to say were there some . resources that weren't used.s is that what you're saying? he said no. i think this part of the story, the fact that there wasn't enough protection at the ave embassy, there might not have pe been the proper response after it started, and the reasons forr that, that's something that fi there shouldn't be a partisan fight over. the talking points are something different because it's all involved with reelection politics.ctnd possi >> and possibly the politics of november. right >> right. year. >> of that year. >> rightht. but this is something different. i mean, you know, when you have an american ambassador killed in a terrorist attack, that is that really something. that can't happen. and of course the administration's argument is o that the arb's recommendations e have been implemented and this should not happen again. >> charles? >> look, on the question, the ve searing question of could they y
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have been saved, it isn't an answer to say as some have concluded, and they could be right, that in retrospect, theyr couldn't have been, given where our forces were positioned. but there was no way to know dug during the attack. nobody would -- there was no war to know it would be an eight or nine-hour engagement or an 18-hour engagement.so it so it raises the question why lv was there no -- given the fact that the length of the engagement was not known. what was done?lly the was enough done? and then that brings you to the highest levels, the secretary of state and then the president.ndt and that brings the question, where were they during what was essentially the 3:00 a.m. phone, call, which ironically was her attack on him as candidates.lit well, the call came in.obviou she was supposed to answer it. he was, and what was done. >> let's talk about candidates, political implication. obviously, the big part of this story is four people died, including the u.s. ambassador. n
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and people want answers. the fallout and how it impacts politics, mara. >> i think this cycle, very little.en, if hi i don't think this is going to enter into any of these senate s races in the ten or so battlegrounds.t also 2016, if hillary clinton runs, i think this is an issue. a >> certainly if she runs it's an issue. but also, we're going to have ai long argument, i hope, that will try and change the categories. we're talking now about was it . protest, was it terrorism, and how long it took the president to say terrorism. i think it was neither.in obviously it wasn't a protest. terrorism is random violence. this was a military operation, w probably an assassination. they wanted to kill an ambassador, which they did. and that's why once we begin to sort out the categories, then we're going to have something tn talk to hillary clinton about. >> and this is bigger in the si sense about terrorism. remember at the time the presidentt saying al qaeda's decimated, they're on the run. c if anything, steve, we have seen
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these affiliates and core the audiocassetal qaeda, as the administrationna likes to say, increase their leth leth leth leth lethalibilty. >> i think that's one of the reasons that the benghazi issue continues to resonate, why it continues to be a discussion. in addition to the fact that we've gotten answers that just don't add up from the white house for so long. you also have the reality on the ground. the administration went to great lengths to make the argument that al qaeda was on the run, ro that it had been decimated. it hadn't been decimated.. s it was clear i think to many people at the time it hadn't been decimated.se but it's certainly clear in retrospect that it hadn't been decimated, that al qaeda was not on the run. of we've seen it grow in the core and the affiliates, and it remains a huge threat to this very day. >> charles?d >> of course it's a terrorist attack. terrorism is not so much randomd
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military attack.am it's a military attack whose purposess is political. it's a statement. it's political effect.of ting of it is sort of the words coming out of a gun. angwar, and here it had an entirely political effect.of the e and it succeeded. it announced that al qaeda was alive and well. it hastened the withdrawal of america entirely from any interests in libya. so in its essence, it was a way of saying it wasn't that the killing of an ambassador changes the course of a war, but it ies makes a statement that changes r the psychology of the enemy, ie, us. of course it was a terrorist attack, and it was obvious in the first half hour. >> as with many stories, it often takes time and persistence before the truth is known. t with regard to benghazi, we will remain on the case, poised to bring you the very latest, s on including any developments on as house select committee as soon as they happen. that's all for now. thanks for watching and good night.ions. her valuable assets were staying. and selling her car wouldn't fly. we helped sydney manage her debt and prioritize her goals, so she could really turn up the volume on her dreams
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i got you! unh! it's so beautiful! man: should we call security? no, this is just getting good. the name your price tool, still only from progressive. welcome to "hannity," and welcome to "hannity," and this is a fox news alert. house speaker john boehner has announced the formation of a special select committee to investigate the 2012 benghazi terror attack that left four americans dead. now, this comes after the release of e-mails that proved a top white house aide instructed ambassador susan rice to blame the attack on a youtube video. in a moment, we'll talk to charles woods. he is the father of one of the victims, ty woods. but first, here with the very latest from the white house tonight is fox's own ed henry. ed? >> good evening, sean. this is dramatic new pressure on the president over benghazi because for several months, speaker boehner had been resisting calls from conservatives to appoint this